or Start Fresh?
By Edward Snook
have been written about Sheriff Dave Daniel’s ludicrous administration,
his lies, incompetence, enormous waste of tax dollars, abuses, etc.
(conduct a Google search on Dave Daniel or contact the Observer for
many such examples). And now Daniel wants to be a Josephine County Commissioner
and Daniel’s right-hand man, current under-sheriff, Brian Anderson
wants to become our Sheriff. For voters to elect either person to any
position would be just as much an embarrassment as when Daniel’s
“Chicken Case” was laughed about by police departments and
citizens around America.
has conducted an interview of all sheriff candidates on page 6 of this
edition. Please keep in mind when you vote at the next election for
sheriff that we have endured a number of years with an administration
that has wrongfully fired officers, costing tax payers hundreds of thousands
of dollars. This same administration has factually used sheriff’s
office clout to damage good citizens in both the political and private
arenas. In other words, Sheriff Dave Daniel has used his position and
some of his deputies to hurt honest individuals in an attempt to further
their political position. Under-Sheriff Brian Anderson was part of these
corrupt blunders and it is reported that Anderson admitted that he took
part in the wrongful firings at a recent sheriff’s candidate forum.
From a hands-on
perspective the US~Observer knows that Josephine County needs a fresh
start concerning our Sheriff’s Department. Any candidate besides
Brian Anderson would offer that start as Anderson is the only candidate
who took part as a key administrator in the Sheriff’s Office waste
and abuse during the Daniel administration. The Observer urges voters
to choose wisely when they vote for a new Sheriff in the upcoming election.
It is imperative that we elect a candidate capable of fixing our badly
damaged and broken Sheriff’s Office.
As head of Investigations
for the US~Observer I felt a civic duty to file the following complaint
with the Secretary of States Office on April 11, 2006. Just like other
abuses Anderson has taken part in, he is continuing to conduct himself
in the same manner as he has while assisting Daniel to run a very sorry
department. In my opinion Brian Anderson is clearly breaking Oregon’s
election laws when he displays his badge bearing the State of Oregon
seal on his election signs, flyers, etc. This implies to many that the
state is endorsing Anderson, an edge which his opponents don’t
have. On April 18, 2006 the US~Observer was informed by the Secretary
of State’s Office that the complaint has been sent to Executive
Department for investigation.
I am formally filing
a complaint regarding what I consider to be election law violations
occurring in Josephine County, Oregon by the campaign to elect Brian
Anderson for sheriff.
Where is the equality
in an election where one candidate takes unfair advantage of the State
election laws? Brian Anderson, one of the candidates running for Josephine
County Sheriff is deliberately using the Oregon State seal in campaign
literature and signs posted throughout the county. Oregon law clearly
defines improper conduct during elections.
ORS 186.023 –
Improper use of state seal: (2) No person shall use any reproduction
of the seal of the State of Oregon: (a) In any manner falsely implying
official endorsement or sponsorship by the State of Oregon…
ORS 260.432 - Restrictions
on political campaigning by public employee: Paragraph (3) Use of facilities
and property, sub Paragraph 11 – “Elected officials are
entitled to use the state seal in their official capacity, but not in
their capacity as candidates for public office. The state seal may not
be used in connection with an individual or organization if its use
implies endorsement or sponsorship of the State of Oregon.”
According to the
law, a civil penalty is imposed for this violation. Or, are we to believe
the State of Oregon endorsed one particular candidate for sheriff?
I am asking that
you investigate these violations. Attached you will find a copy of one
of Anderson’s mailers and one yard sign. Please note that the
Oregon State seal is clearly visible on both and will surely be construed
by many voters as an endorsement of Anderson by the State of Oregon.
On February 1,
2006, Brian Anderson appeared at a Chamber of Commerce meeting, in uniform
and announced he was a candidate for sheriff. I believe if your investigator
would check records at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office he/she
will find that Anderson was being paid with public money at that time.
During a Monday
morning briefing at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Brian
Anderson asked deputies to write letters to the Grants Pass Daily Courier
in retaliation against a letter which was written by Scott Calhoun (letters
attached). Several personnel also advised that Anderson photo-copied
the letter written by Calhoun (attached) using office equipment and
distributed it to the working employees. This political activity clearly
was conducted while Anderson was on duty and his political activity
obviously helped his campaign as some deputies wrote the letters they
were asked to write.
Anderson has, without
question used his business phone to plan, schedule or promote political
events. A check of his phone records will substantiate this fact.
There are several
current Josephine County sheriff deputies who have approached us on
the condition of anonymity who have stated they would be willing to
come forward and participate in an investigation by your office regarding
the improprieties of the Anderson campaign within the operations of
Time is of the
essence concerning these complaints as the up-coming election is rapidly
approaching. At the very least the State of Oregon should take the appropriate
action to make the Brian Anderson for Sheriff campaign remove any signs
and campaign materials wherein the use of the state seal is being displayed
in clear violation of state law.